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Repatriation flight: Perth to Colombo

30 August, 2020
Rosh Jalagge
Rosh Jalagge

The Honorary Consulate of Sri Lanka in Western Australia, under the guidance of Honorary Consul Rosh Jalagge, brough much-awaited relief to Sri Lankans who were unable to return to Sri Lanka, due to various Covid-19 related issues such as state border closures and the absence of direct flights.

Western Australia is home to a small population of Sri Lankans who faced many difficultiesdue to the current pandemic situation.

A significant number of Sri Lankans were thereforestranded in the state, wishing to return to their homeland but were unable to do so.

Withthe help of the Government of Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan Airlines, the Sri Lankan HighCommission in Australia, and other supportive parties the Honorary Consulate was able toarrange a special repatriation charter flight for the safe return of these Sri Lankans back totheir homeland as they wished. This national carrier flight UL 609 departed Perth airport at 9:00 am on Thursday, August 27, 2020. The passengers will then follow government quarantine requirements and PCR testing, to ensure the safety of the passengers as well asthe Sri Lankan public.

As there is no direct flight from Perth to Sri Lanka, it was almost an impossible feat to bringabout this service for Sri Lankans who were faced with numerous andsometimes unspeakable challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic.For accomplishing a task which was deemed almost impossible, the Honorary Consul RoshJalagge wishes to extend his deep gratitude to the Government, Sri LankanAirlines, Acting High Commissioner Senarath Dissanayake, Defense Counsellor Prasanna Kosala Warnakulasooriya, SriLankan Airlines Manager for Australia and New Zealand Sanjeeva Jayathilake and his team, and the staff of the Honorary Consulate of Sri Lanka in Western Australia for their immense support that made this possible.